Fifty Cents 2022 Lord of the Rings, Coin from Samoa - detailed information

Fifty Cents 2022 Lord of the Rings, Coin from Samoa
CoinFifty Cents 2022 Lord of the Rings

The currency of Samoa is the Tālā, the name of which is a transliteration of the English words Dollar; it was introduced in 1967. On coinage sometimes the English word is inscribed, especially on commemorative and bullion coins not intended to circulate within the country.

Samoa has authorised some private mints to issue coins under its jurisdiction, which come in a variety of sizes. Most of them are in precious metals, but some are in base medals and are denominated as half dollar, such as this one.

This silver-plated base metal coin features the One Ring from Lord of the Rings.

MintMDM Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage50,000
Obverse
Samoa / Fifty Cents 2022 Lord of the Rings - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin features the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait", by Ian Rank-Broadley). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits. In small letters below the neck truncation, the designer's initials IRB.

Given that Samoa has been a republic since it gained independence in 1962, it is unclear why the Queen's effigy is displayed on the coin.

Below the portrait, a small Coat of Arms of Samoa. It consists of a shield, the lower two-thirds of which have five stars representing the constellation of the Southern Cross; the upper third depicts a beach and a coconut palm. The shield is surmounted by a cross with rays radiating from its centre, and is superimposed on two concentric circles representing the world, and an olive branch wreath - as in the United Nations Badge. On a ribbon below, the motto FA'AVAE I LE ATUA SAMOA, meaning "God be the Foundation of Samoa".

Around above, the name of the country: SAMOA. Around below left, the date of issue 2022; around below right, the face value HALF DOLLAR.

Obverse Inscription SAMOA 2022 HALF DOLLAR
Reverse
Samoa / Fifty Cents 2022 Lord of the Rings - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows a map of Middle Earth from the Lord of the Rings books, overlaid on which is the One Ring (gold plated).

Above, the inscription THE LORD OF THE RINGS.

In small letters around above left, the copyright © NLP (s22) (New Line Productions Inc.).

Reverse Inscription THE LORD OF THE RINGS
EdgeMilled interruptedEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof-like, silver-plated, selective gold plating.
Packaging: in blister card.

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Fifty Cents 2022 Lord of the Rings: Details
CountrySamoa
CurrencyTala
Coin TypeHalf Dollar (NCLT)
Issued2022
Effigy / SymbolQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value50 (x Sene)
Total Mintage50,000
CurrentYes
MaterialSilver plated copper-nickel
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size41.000 mm
Mass31.000 g
OCC IDRNAZ-EGWC-AVAW-EXJL
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